A culture of cooking in conversation between mother and daughter

April 15, 2021

I have a tiny New York City kitchen. It’s a one person at-a-time space. If someone comes to get something from the refrigerator, I usually have to pause or even move aside. I have arranged it so that it holds everything I need within reach. That’s the good side.

— May 15th, 2021

On the outskirts of Latte, a small village in the South of France, a man named Eric Pedebas grows tomatoes. He calls himself the Tomatologue. At one time he had an annual tomato festival, and I was able to taste some of his tomatoes from the vast greenhouses where he grows thousands of varieties, hundreds at a time. They range from the size of a berry to clusters of large lobed fruits. Varied in color from almost white through yellows and orange to bright red, some are striped with green or splashed with dark purple, some nearly black. All of…

Karen Shasha

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